26 Nontraditional Looks for the Fashion-Forward Groom
There's nothing like a well-dressed groom. Of course, the definition of "well-dressed" varies from person to person, and is largely dependent on the wedding venue, level of formality, and man-of-the-hour's personal style. In short: When it comes to wedding day fashion, no one groom's tux fits all. While the classic black-and-white tux will always fall into the dapper category, we love a man willing to take a risk. Whether that means swapping a black suit for something cobalt blue or opting for a velvet jacket, we're all for your favorite guys' best fashion moments.
Here, you'll find a roundup of next-level groom looks from real weddings. From paisley-patterned shirts and gold shoes to jackets in tartan prints, there's a fashion upgrade to correspond with every man's personality. While no two of these looks are quite the same, we did notice one thing—deep shades of red, like burgundy, and creamy pinks seem to be the new favorites amongst the guys. You've likely seen these hues on bridesmaids' dresses, but we have to say—the boys rock it just as well.
At the end of the day, what your man wears down the aisle is his decision. If his vision of his wedding day includes a traditional fitted suit, then that's what he should wear. If he's looking to push boundaries—or even break the "rules" entirely—let the following grooms serve as his guide. With unexpected, mismatched colorways and luxe fabrics, these styles might even inspire a look he never knew he wanted. Ready to see them for yourself? Grab your groom and get clicking.
Shades of Pink
Both of these grooms rocked shades of pink—we're particularly fond of that salmon-colored jacket—to their garden wedding.
For his elopement, a chambray suit, pale-blue Vans, a plaid shirt, and a crisp navy bow tie helped this man achieve refined casualness.
Burgundy Crushed Velvet
A black-lined, wine-colored tux got a little extra allure thanks to a velvety texture.
Speaking of burgundy—this groom paired his jewel-toned pants with a cream tweed jacket and cognac loafers for a relaxed, informal vibe.
The groom on the left elevated his crisp gray ensemble with glittery gold slip-ons.
A muted chambray suit and matching tie kept a rose-covered dress shirt from looking too over-the-top.
Navy striped seersucker and a pink gingham perfectly captured this man-of-the-hour's ultra-preppy style—but the black-rimmed glasses made the look.
Jade and Plaid
A gray plaid suit got a pop of color by way of a jade-toned tie.
Ruby and Sapphire
This groom channeled our favorite gemstones when putting together this velvet ensemble—we particularly loved how the ruby-hued bow tie brought the whole look together.
A beige fedora and jacket, complete with a polka-dotted pocket square, looked casual but fresh at this afternoon affair.
With that classic black-and-white color scheme in mind, this groom reinvented the black-tie wheel with a fitted checked jacket and specs.
Cognac, Cranberry, and Navy
Three rich, complimentary colors made this dapper man stand out on his big day.
We loved how these newlyweds subtly coordinated their looks with tonal shades of blue—from one groom's teal pants, to the other's powder blue floral jacket and cerulean shoes, these two looked even better together.
While it's difficult to rival with the radiance of a bride, this groom held his own in this emerald ensemble.
Leather and Slate
A leather-colored wide-brimmed hat brought a touch of the bohemian to this husband's earth-toned look.
These grooms suited up in varying shades of green, red, and navy—three hues commonly found in cozy flannel.
"The fabric that my tux was made with grabbed my attention as soon as I saw it," said this groom of his custom ensemble, made by Sim Khan.
Both of these gents brought major style to their Palm Springs wedding, but Shawn's symmetrically-patterned Alexander McQueen suit (seen left) stole the show.
This groom softened his cobalt blue look with a multicolored floral tie.
All Black Everything
With a black shirt, tie, and suit jacket, this monochrome tux was unexpectedly fresh.
This proud husband upgraded his gray suit with a sliver of pink.
Floral and Chambray
Both of these grooms turned to J. Crew for their subtle gray floral and chambray styles.
Bold and Blue
A bright blue jacket, embossed with swirly patterns, was the perfect complement to a streamlined black velvet tux.
This gentleman opted for a pink lining when designing his suit, a choice aimed to please his bride—he also convinced his new father-in-law to get in on the fun.
Matching bomber jackets never looked so good. This bride and groom both got in on the faux-leather fun.